Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Time Bandits

Arrow films latest re-issue not only comes with a director’s recommendation, it also changes tack from the more exploitative and violence predicated titles of recent months. The title to change that tide is Terry Gilliam’s wonderful anarchic adventure movie – Time Bandits. Falling in with

Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

This most illustrious of anime intellectual properties has a legacy stretching back to 1974, through various series and OVA spells. The Space Battleship Yamato is as influential in Japan as Star Trek is throughout the world; its importance is stellar to Japanese audiences.  Now receiving

Deranged

The true story of Wisconsin killer, Ed Gein, influenced some of the most important films in horror cinema. For starters he was the muse of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are also films which tackle his disturbing crimes head-on with the

Simon Killer

Antonio Campos graduated from the Sundance Alumni with his breakout debut, Afterschool. That set him out as a talent who never shied away from the explicit in modern life; it also gave an early platform to rising star Ezra Miller (We need to talk about

Runaway Train

Not to be confused with the late Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, Runaway Train is based on a potential début colour film by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, later redrafted by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel and Edward Bunker, with Andrei Konchalovsky on director duties. In this 1985 film, Jon Voight stars as Oscar “Manny” Manheim, a controversial inmate even at the Stonehaven maximum security prison.

The Car

Die Hard, Jaws and Towering Inferno are all of a school of prototypical Hollywood genre films that gave birth to copycats far and wide. Many confined actions films have been referred to as ‘Die hard in a…’ Many disaster films borrow Towering Inferno motifs and

Exit

Nordic Noir, the term was one specifically tailored towards literature but only in the last few years with the popularity of the Millennium trilogy, Wallander, Borgen and the Killing it has made its way onto TV and Cinema screens. Now films that would have disappeared

Jack Hill Double: Spider Baby & Foxy Brown

Quentin Tarantino dubbed Jack Hill “the Howard Hawks of exploitation film making”. Even if that box quote does cut Jack Hill as a vital figure in the exploitation film world, what’s even more worthy of note is Arrow Film’s commitment to releasing high quality pressings

For Love’s Sake

As a director, Takashi Miike is impossible to define beyond his boundless productivity. Yakuza, musicals, superheroes, children friendly, gore, taboo baiting, samurai, horror, video game adaptations, these are well within Miike’s wheelhouse, there are few people in the world as outright eccentric. His latest to

Vulgaria

As a rule of thumb, comedy in Chinese and Hong Kong cinema tends to have a light touch. Instead of anything akin to the more raunchy Western stylings, Chinese territories typically favour slapstick and mischievous puns, a playful sense of humour at large. To that